Was it Palol Rossetti that one said, “People in glass house shouldn’t throw stones?” Push away the Intel this, the Pentium-M that, or perhaps the ability to use the Dual Core Pentium 4, Apple has a much bigger challenge ahead of them. For years, they have been throwing down the MHz myth and now? They are sleeping with the “enemy” according to PowerPC zealots. The MHz Myth was basically Apple’s defense against higher speed Intel processors. They may be fast, but are they efficient? Benchmark after benchmark showed that Apple, under just the right circumstances, would easily destroy the fastest Pentiums of that time. Intel processors under the right circumstances would do the same. What happens now? An uphill battle to try to destroy the MHz myth that Apple and Intel both helped to create. The future of Apple’s hardware design can be dismissed by the myth. After trying to make the x86 platform sound like a dinosaur platform that needs brute force to run applications, Apple needs to kill their old stance on x86 so they don’t sound like a hypocrite. Worse, in the eyes of Apple zealots, Apple already is a hypocrite.
Before releasing the news of a switch to Intel chips, you would think Apple would delete this web page? According to Apple’s benchmarks a Dell Dimension XP Gen4 that has a 3.6GHz Pentium 4 was 98% slower than a Power Mac G5 that has Dual 2.7GHz PowerPC G5 for a design and print benchmark.
“Nearly Two Times Faster Than Pentium 4
To demonstrate the superiority of the Power Mac G5, Apple conducted tests using Adobe Photoshop CS 8.0, the most widely used application among creative professionals. Adobe Photoshop is a particularly effective cross-platform measure of system performance because it has been optimized for both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Apple ran the tests using a 600MB Photoshop file and a suite of 45 commonly used Photoshop actions, including file saving, image adjustments, mode changes and filters. Apple measured the time to execute each filter or function and compared the performance of all actions using an indexed score.” – Apple
How about how a video rendering benchmark? 84% faster than the Pentium 4. The tests were run using Adobe After Effects.
“HDV Rendering: 84% Faster Than Pentium 4
One of the final stages of any film or video project is the processor-intensive task of rendering. Apple measured the time to render a two-minute video project with various commonly used effects and filters, including color corrections, transitions, compositing and basic text treatments, on Power Mac G5 and PC systems. To demonstrate video rendering performance, Apple tested Final Cut Pro 5 on the Power Mac G5 and Adobe Premiere Pro on various PC systems using virtually identical projects in DV, SD and HDV formats.
Video editors and producers add innovative motion graphics and effects to film, video, DVD and web projects using tools like Motion and Adobe After Effects. To demonstrate the performance of Power Mac G5 hardware when rendering effects for video, Apple tested After Effects on the Power Mac G5 and an array of PC systems. After Effects has been optimized for both the G5 and PC architectures.” – Apple
Want more benchmarks that dismiss the Intel Pentium 4? How about a 3D rendering test by LightWave 3D or a video effects test done by After Effects that proclaims “Over Two Times Faster Than Pentium 4”, or a Bioinformatics Benchmark System that shows the Dual 2.7GHz PowerPC G5 is 80% faster than a Dual 3.6GHz Xeon?
“Over 80% Faster Than Dual Xeon at Scientific Analysis
To demonstrate the performance advantages of the Power Mac G5 for processor-intensive scientific analysis, Apple used Bioinformatics Benchmark System version 3 (BBSv3). This benchmark is based on current, popular applications and data sets from the bioinformatics community and thus represents the day-to-day workload of a typical research scientist. The current benchmark uses bioinformatics application suites NCBI BLAST and HMMER as the workload. For this benchmark, Apple used FASTA databases dated January 1, 2005; NCBI BLAST version 2.2.10; and HMMER version 2.3.2.” – Apple
The only thing next for Apple to do is do a complete about turn about x86. Here is the catch-22: If they do a pro Intel campaign, they rise being called a hypocrite that pawned “cheap” but “expensive” hardware to the masses. Not only will people feel betrayed by the this form of deceptive advertising, they may just not buy Apple hardware because of it. If they don’t do a major push for an Intel campaign, they will then be labeled sellers of “cheap” but “expensive” hardware that does not have the power to compete with the yesteryears of the old PowerPC platform. However, to zealots alike, Apple wouldn’t be hypocrites. The zealots still wouldn’t buy the Intel hardware though. PowerPC won’t die instantly, in terms of being associated with Apple, thanks to universal binaries and Rosetaa. I personally think that Apple has a huge uphill battle, people in glass houses.
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